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Strung Out parts ways with long time drummer Jordan Burns

Sad news from the Strung Out camp. Looks like the genre defining Southern California punk act are splitting with their long running drummer Jordan Burns. Not much detail on why exactly the split occurred but from the language of the official statement below it would appear that it wasn’t exactly amicable. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

Here’s the statement:

“To all our friends,

Next year will mark our 30 year anniversary as a band. That is quite an extraordinary feat for any relationship ESPECIALLY a band. We have always taken pride in this fact. Keeping it together for so long and making music that we can all be proud of. To us that is truly inspiring. Like any marriage, treating each other with HONESTY and RESPECT is THE MOST important factor. Passion, sacrifice and honor for each other and all we create are essential to keeping the unit whole. When those bonds are broken it can never be the same. Sometimes in order to survive and grow changes must be made.

Strung Out would like to take this opportunity to officially announce that we will be parting ways with our drummer of 20 + years Mr Jordan Burns. We greet this new chapter with a deep sense of gratitude and relief. We could not be more thankful for everything we have accomplished together and for our renewed sense of creativity and enthusiasm. We are brothers again plain and simple. It is extremely important to us that all of our devoted fans know how much the four of us love and honor this band so we expect you to trust that this is in the best interest of Strung Out. We wish Jordan all the best and we promise all of you that we will continue to raise the bar and ALWAYS do it for the love because we still believe! Stay tuned brothers and sisters for the best has yet to come.”

So yeah… But fear not Strung Out fans. We have it on good authority that the band has already enlisted a new drummer (RJ Shankle of Runaway Kids) and as you likely know, the band heads out on tour with Pennywise next month. As if that wasn’t enough excitement, in May they’ll be releasing their acoustic album Black Out The Sky for which fans can expect the first single/video next month as well. As always, we’ll keep you posted…



No Use For A Name movie announced

A new movie about the history of No Use For A Name has been announced. Drummer Rory Koff made the reveal on Twitter, stating “As we play around with art ideas, we are editing like crazy. It’s a huge feat assembling 27 years as a band. We will be sending out updates so stay tuned…”

All we currently know about the movie is that it’s titled The Long and Short of It. Keep your eyes peeled for updates as more info is revealed.

The influential California punk band’s career ended in 2012 with the untimely passing of Tony Sly.



The Last Gang stream new song “Strange Fruit”

Los Angeles punks The Last Gang are streaming another song off their upcoming album Keep Them Counting. Check out “Strange Fruit” below.

Keep Them Counting, the band’s debut album, releases on March 2nd through Fat Wreck Chords.



DS Exclusive: “I’ll Love You ‘Til The End” – The Loved Ones Look Back On Ten Years Since “Build + Burn”


When The Loved Ones released their debut full-length album, Keep Your Heart, in early 2006, it seemed at the time to be a welcome bit of fresh air in the punk scene. Here was a new band that, though its members were known entities in the punk rock scene, seemed to transcend any specific label; a bouncy, East Coast sound run through a West Coast, Fat Wreck Chords filter. The album was an opening salvo from a band that seemed destined for a lengthy and blindingly bright future. Inspired (for lack of a better word, because that honestly feels like the wrong word to use) by the death of frontman Dave Hause’s mother a few years prior, the baker’s dozen tracks on Keep Your Heart found the Philadelphia-based trio (Mike Sneeringer on drums, Michael “Spider” Cotterman on bass) nearly perfecting a high-octane, melodic punk rock sound that was all their own right out of the gate. The album was nearly universally well-received by critics, fans and fellow bands alike, and set a trajectory for the band that seemed, on paper, to trend infinitely upward.

On the surface, things seemed to be heading in a positive direction in the Loved Ones camp, but there was tension in the ranks. By the time they were ready to record a follow-up to Keep Your Heart, Spider had left the band and the relationship between Hause and Sneeringer was tenuous at best. Touring guitar player David Walsh was brought in as a permanent member, as was Chris Gonzalez, Walsh’s former bandmate in Boston-area punk band The Explosion after that band itself went belly up. The situation was unsteady, but the new lineup had displayed a great deal of chemistry on the road. With that and the momentum from Keep Your Heart still providing wind in their sails, the band teamed up with Bouncing Souls’ Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen to get to work on a new album that would find the band branching in different directions while trying to not abandon their punk rock roots.

The end product, Build & Burn, was released ten years ago today (February 5, 2008). Backed by a rock solid rhythm section, the album maintained many of the melody-rich, uptempo punk rock sounds that made its predecessor so beloved. But the album also stretched in a variety of musical directions that, at the time, didn’t immediately resonate with fans in the same coherent way that Keep Your Heart had. Layers of added texture and an increased desire to tap into some broader musical influences, from Foo Fighter-esque radio ready rockers to mid-90s radio alternative Lemonheads grooves to Oasis style stadium anthems made for an enjoyable and challenging listening experience to the punk rock ear. In retrospect, the album very much finds not only the band and its members – collectively and individually – at a crossroads, but came at a time in which the scene and the music industry and the nation were very much the same place.

The band aimed high, and while opinions may vary as to how successful they were (yours truly thinks its the superior, more relatable Loved Ones full-length), it’s undeniable that they built a bridge to what was to come for its members. To mark the album’s tenth birthday, Dying Scene caught up with its main players – Dave Hause, Mike Sneeringer, David Walsh, Chris Gonzalez, Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen – to dig deep into the closets and talk about the build up, and subsequent burn out, that produced this misunderstood gem. Check out our two-part story (The Build and The Burn) and track-by-track revisit below!



“Punks in Pubs” Episode 6 featuring Chuck Robertson (Mad Caddies)

Liam Bird’s new must hear podcast “Punks in Pubs” is streaming episode 6, which features none other than Chuck Robertson of Mad Caddies. In this episode, Bird goes on a taste testing spree with Robertson in the back of a tourbus called Blackmagic Pub. The two talk about Robertson’s life with the Mad Caddies, work away from the band as a marijuana farmer, and the challenges of depression and divorce hand-in-hand. 

There is also a bit of ska era comparison for any ska heads that are looking for a good debate!

You can check out the podcast below or catch up with episodes you may have missed here.



Face to Face announce upcoming acoustic record

Punk veterans Face to Face recently announced that they will be releasing a brand new acoustic record. The band announced on Facebook that they would be joining Lucero and Frank Turner’s World tour for one date on August 3rd at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Colorado for a special acoustic set in support of the record.

Tickets are currently on sale for the show here, with more details regarding the album coming soon. You can see the band’s statement here.

Face to Face released their latest album, Protection, in May 2016 on Fat Wreck Chords. It’s the band’s ninth studio album.

 



Dead To Me premiere brand new song ‘Fear is the New Bliss’

The mighty Dead To Me have blessed us with a new tune. ‘Fear is the New Bliss’ is the first sneak peak from the band’s up and coming fourth album, for which they are currently in the studio now with Chris Dugan (Green Day, Iggy Pop).

If you’re lucky enough to live on the West Coast, you can also catch Dead To Me on one of the dates listed below. Now, less talking, more listening!



El Topo Goes Loco (Belgium) announces full line-up

Belgium ska/punk festival El Topo Goes Loco has announced its full line-up. As every year the tiny town of Mol, Belgium gets to enjoy some of the finest horned and non-horned acts out there. Including, but not limited to, The Bombpops, Mark Foggo’s Skasters, Not Available, Darko and Lotus. Pre-sales are available here with no extra service costs.

Head down below for the full line-up.



Good Riddance announce west coast shows

Santa Cruz punk veterans Good Riddance just added some more west coast shows to their 2018 tour schedule. This run will feature support from The Last Gang and Success.

All of the band’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

Good Riddance last released Peace in Our Time in 2015 through Fat Wreck Chords.



The Last Gang release music video for “Sing for Your Supper”

Los Angeles punks The Last Gang have released a music video for “Sing for Your Supper”, off their upcoming album Keep Them Counting. Check it out below.

Keep Them Counting, the band’s debut album, releases on March 2nd through Fat Wreck Chords.



Mean Jeans announce “Jingles Collection”

Most concept albums are serious, but Portland pop-punks Mean Jeans aren’t the most serious bunch. Their version of a concept album features 23 jingles for iconic brands such as Mountain Dew, Hot Pockets, and Totino’s.

That’s what Jingles Collection will deliver when it’s released on February 18th through Fat Wreck Chords. You can listen to some of the tracks below, and pre-order the album here.



The Last Gang releasing debut album “Keep Them Counting” on Fat Wreck

Los Angeles’ The Last Gang have announced their debut album Keep Them Counting will be released on March 2nd through Fat Wreck Chords. You can listen to the first track “Sing for Your Supper” below, and pre-order the record here.

The band last released “Sing for Your Supper” as a 7″ single in December.



Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop) is in the hospital and could use our help!

Well this is a bummer or rather sizable proportions.

The lovely and talented Stacey Dee, better known as one of the guitar-wielding co-frontwomen in Bad Cop/Bad Cop was just about to head out on the road for her first slew of solo acoustic dates alongside Off With Their Heads and One Week Records recording artist Seth Anderson for a jaunt that kicks off tomorrow (January 12th) in Asbury Park. If you follow Dee on social media, you’ll know that she’s been under the weather lately but had pledged to plow through in typical bad ass fashion and hit the road anyway. Unfortunately, according to a post from OWTH’s Ryan Young, Dee was suffering from an abscess of some sort that turned into sepsis and she’s now stuck in a hospital bed. Needless to say, she won’t be on the tour, and as such she’ll be without a source of income for the foreseeable future.

Being the awesome dude that is, Ryan has put all of Stacey’s tour shirts up on his Anxious and Angry webstore and is giving all the money to Dee as a way to help out. Head here to pick one – or all three – up (they’re pretty awesome!), and head here to see where you can show some love to OWTH and Seth Anderson on the road!



Alkaline Trio announce limited-edition “Past Live” release

Make a little extra space in your coffins, Alkaline Trio fans; there’s a pretty awesome limited edition release coming your way!

If you rewind the tape to 2014, you may recall, the Trio performed a series of shows in select cities around the country in which they took over a location and ran through their eight studio albums over the course of four separate nights. It was a pretty cool concept, especially since they played the albums in a different order depending on the city, so each show had its own unique qualities.

As it turns out, the band teamed up Audiotree during their four nights at the Metro in Chicago and captured the occasion in audio and video formats. At long last, those recordings are now going to be commercially available for the first time — BUT you’ve got to act quickly!

The collection consists of just about 100 songs spread across four nights and is known, rather obviously, as Past Live, and it exists in a variety of options. You’ll not only have the option to purchase the eight studio albums individually on vinyl format, but they’re available as a vinyl box set as well. Also available are a set of four Blu-Rays, exclusive printed posters and tote bags and T-shirts and more. The vinyl box bundle options are ONLY available — we repeat, THE VINYL BOX BUNDLE OPTIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE in a limited run pre-order that extends until February 9th. That gives you four weeks to scrape your pennies together, kids. Get your grubby paws on all available options right here!



DS Staff Picks- Gunnar’s Top Ten of 2017

Hey all you punks, here are my top ten albums from this past year. I’m new on the block here at Dying Scene and I’m sure this list is going to make you flustered, and wonder where [insert band name here] is on my list. Regardless, here is some great music that helped me through some tough transitions out of college, the loss of a close friend, and into my new life: you can find it below.